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The Art of Ukiyo-e | 17th–19th century

"The Art of Ukiyo-e | 17th–19th century"

Honkan Room 10  October 22, 2019 (Tue) - November 17, 2019 (Sun)

  
"Ariwara no Narihira" from the Series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets Explained by a Wet Nurse, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century

In the 17th century, painters started depicting the lives of commoners in a genre known as ukiyo-e. With the advent of new printing technology, these images began to be reproduced in high numbers, and ukiyo-e gradually spread to all layers of society. The addition of colorists to the publishers’ craftsmen also led to the birth of the color print in the mid-18th century. From October 22–November 17, 2019, this gallery displays images of Ebisu, the god of trade and fishermen who was worshipped for thriving businesses, and seasonal pictures depicting daily life in the western part of Edo. The exhibition also includes theater playbills, actor prints, views of the Saruwaka theater district, prints depicting ancient and medieval Japanese poetry, and autumn scenery.

Current exhibit includes:
"Ariwara no Narihira" from the Series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets Explained by a Wet Nurse, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century
"Night View of the Saruwakachō District" from the Series One Hundred Famous Places of Edo, By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, 1856